Yesterday marks the Fifth anniversary of the Rant Heard Round The World. The Taxed Enough Already Party is 5 years old now.
Tea Party Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary of the modern tea party movement, which began with a single rant from CNBC’s Rick Santelli on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
“A lot of people have been credited with starting the modern-day tea party but make no mistake, it was Rick Santelli,” conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said in an email to Business Insider. “His off the cuff monologue spoke the words that millions of Americans felt but could not nor dare not speak.”
Santelli was ranting, as he is known to do on CNBC, on Feb. 19, 2009 about the homeowner bailout that was being proposed by the Obama administration.
“We’re thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July,” Santelli said in 2009. “All you capitalists that want to show up to Lake Michigan, I’m going to start organizing.”
In 2010, Santelli called the rant the “best five minutes of my life.”
He told Business Insider that he doesn’t “feel any differently now.”
“Lots of people, companies and agencies played a role but that day I was focused on the homeowners that failed in their personal financial responsibility,” he said. “It was about contract law and about the government promoting bad behavior.”
Santelli said he thinks that he “said something that lit the fuse” that led to the modern-day tea party movement.
“I was fed up, the country was fed up … taxpayers were on the hook after the credit bubble popped,” Santelli said.
The tea party is credited for fueling the GOP’s win in the House in 2010 and still remains a force in the Republican Party and politics.
The Fiscal Conservative movement has not gone away either. Our own side has tried to drown us or take us over, idiots and charlatans have claimed to be our leaders, and the media has Alynskied us. We don’t care. My little group plans for some action this summer and fall for the election of more Fiscal Conservatives. We all work for a living, so it can’t be year round. We have to pick our time wisely.
And, I am in the process of educating 6 young professionals in the ways of economics, educating them and letting them make up their own mind of matters of fiscal policy. This could easily be 6 votes for the GOP that were for Obama; yeah, they made a mistake, so what. Now they have learned a valuable lesson. These folks are pretty libertarian, meaning that they don’t want the government on their back 24/7. They want to pay less taxes. They want to just live their lives, make some money, enjoy more liberty. I’ve had two of them read Barry Goldwater and they had an epiphany. Heysoos talks about wanting to see action. Well, there it is, I can deliver 6 votes for the Taxed Enough Already Fiscon/libertarian wing. It’s up to the GOP not to screw it up. This is the future because I am going to bet that this sort of ‘conversion’ is happening all around the nation.